Carly and Ben announce and change the conversation
This morning, Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard and former Senate candidate for California announced her run for the Presidency. Also announcing, Dr. Ben Carson, retired pediatric neurosurgeon who burst upon the political scene in 2013 at the National Prayer Breakfast held in Washington. Good for them!
Now that the rounds of applause, good wishes and pats on the back have concluded, can either of them win? Odds are not in their favor, but as we know throughout history, truth is stranger than fiction. While each stridently admits when asked, are you running for the Presidency or Vice-Presidency, that the Presidency is first and foremost, one can’t help but contemplate a Veep job for either of them.
But who would support them? Do they realize the amount of money that they will have to raise to keep themselves viable on the campaign trail into the first scheduled Republican debate on September 16. Anyone see the Kochs lining up behind them or Sheldon Adelson or other big donors? All valid questions, but with those questions, one might be missing the point.
Neither of Ms. Fiorina or Dr. Carson are politicians, but both of them have lived and are living the American Dream — you work hard, believe in yourself, and you can accomplish anything. In the case of Dr. Carson, his story is especially rich and poignant and needs to be heard in these troubled times. Having both these individuals on the campaign trail will bring a different dynamic to the 2016 race, exactly because of their backgrounds and beliefs. Yes, they may have their gaffes, some of their positions may be controversial, and they most likely will face a mainstream media that will not take them seriously, and posit them as just this side of buffoonery.
However, the pros outweigh the cons in their candidacy. Ms. Fiorina’s rhetoric will certainly be formidable against Mrs. Clinton, and Dr. Carson’s comments on social issues may raise further debate on victimhood vs. personal responsibility, as well as civil rights vs. religious freedom.
The upcoming Presidential election, in this author’s remembrance, which is several decades, has never been so critical and crucial to the future of the United States. President Obama was correct when he said he would “fundamentally transform America.” For this writer, he has and not for the good. Open borders, Iran on the path to a nuclear weapon, Obamacare draining and taxing the economy, social militants upending freedoms of speech and religion to name just a few.
People have seen what happens when you elect a former community organizer turned politician, who had little to no prior experience except oratory skills. And with the Democrats’ presumed candidate encountering more and more trustworthy issues, as well as competence, we may all be surprised before this election cycle is over as to who is left standing.